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The Diary of a Teenage Girl (2015)

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A teen artist living in 1970s San Francisco enters into an affair with her mother's boyfriend.


Marielle Heller


Phoebe Gloeckner (novel), Marielle Heller (screenplay)
4,284 ( 355)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Bel Powley ... Minnie
Willie Willie ... Domino the Cat
Kristen Wiig ... Charlotte
Abby Wait ... Gretel (as Abigail Wait)
Alexander Skarsgård ... Monroe
Miranda Bailey ... Andrea
Carson Mell ... Michael Cocaine
John Parsons ... Burt
Madeleine Waters ... Kimmie
Austin Lyon ... Ricky Wasserman
Quinn Nagle ... Chuck
Davy Clements Davy Clements ... Arnie
Charles Lewis III Charles Lewis III ... Cool English Teacher
David Fine ... Old Hippie
Susannah Rogers ... Aline Kominsky (voice) (as Susannah Schulman)


A teen artist living in 1970s San Francisco enters into an affair with her mother's boyfriend.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong sexual content including dialogue, graphic nudity, drug use, language and drinking-all involving teens. | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


Another coming of age film released two years earlier, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, has a remarkably similar poster design. Also, both films involve characters going to see The Rocky Horror Picture Show. See more »


[first lines]
Minnie: I had sex today... Holy shit.
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Joint Roller Lindsay Hannon See more »


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Written by Hayley Thompson-King
Performed by Banditas
Courtesy of Hard to Kill Records
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It's graphic, funny, and depressing in an entertaining way.
26 August 2015 | by jdesandoSee all my reviews

"I had sex today. Holy sh--!" Minnie (Bel Powley)

If you have a daughter around 15, may I suggest you see The Prophet, a wispy cartoon about a philosopher and his devoted town, because Diary of a Teen Age Girl will set you off balance for days. Oh, although it has cartoons, they include flaccid and erect penises. Still in all, it can be an amusing insight into a teen's secret life, and by extension, all teens'.

Minnie, a San-Francisco teen having an affair with her mom's (Kristen Wiig) vacuous35-year old lover, Monroe (Alexander Skarsgard), is sexually alert and ready. Although her affair causes her some trauma as she faces the emotional consequences, she is less affected by the other casual liaisons of all kinds in her relentless search to emulate the adults in her life but only to find the search as hollow as she sees it in them.

Her idol is cartoonist Aline Kominsky, whose work is similar to Minnie's. The insertion of graphic, amusing cartoons helps relieve the depressing descent of Minnie into rampant sex with diminishing returns. As a true coming-of-age film, Diary of a teen age Girl is more about the girl morphing into a woman (she has the body but not the sensibility) through some dark but sometimes humorous encounters.

As a father of five daughters, I shuddered at some of the all-to-real encounters, but, hey, the film is about the '70's in San Francisco when anything goes. If you strip away the liberal life style, the issues for a teen remain universal: How much can you rely on your parents for guidance? Do adults exploit children? Is same sex sex a kick? Do drugs help? Another question might be asked: Why does Monroe not go to jail for statuary rape? Answer: This film is a fantasy of a teen's first sex, and the rude outside world need not apply to be a part. It's all a cartoon dream and humorous if you take it the right way.

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Release Date:

28 August 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

San Francisco, California, USA See more »


Box Office


$2,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$52,334, 9 August 2015

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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